The photo above is an approximation of the opening shot of the short film I am shooting, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? The marquee displays the title of the fictitious film written and directed by the protagonist, Danny Kresky. (For the record, SOUL MATE is the title of a feature screenplay of mine, a romantic comedy that has been generating some interest. It was a contest finalist and one way or the other, it will be on the screen some day.)
The opening scene of our comedy short takes place at a movie theater. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was not able to get in touch with anyone at the theater two blocks from my house, or receive any help from the local film commission. I was very fortunate. That theater is a nice little venue, but look at that photo. The Warner is gorgeous!
Built in the 30’s by Warner Brothers, and restored decades later, it is seriously one of the nicest theaters in the entire Northeast. My co-writer, my director of photography and I took a tour of the incredible facility yesterday. The scene is very brief and takes place in the lobby. We were very tempted to rewrite it and include the auditorium.
The Warner has a number of programs to promote and support local performing artists. Stage shows, concerts and programs for children are regularly held. They were very receptive to allowing us to shoot there and are letting us do it for free. That’s the kind of support independent filmmakers need to create original and entertaining movies. The executive director was incredibly generous. They are going to set up the marquee for us. (It was photoshopped in the picture above) They are also going to provide us with some extras for the background of the scene, and a place for the actors to rest and for us to set up our craft service tables.
We were so deeply moved by this show of generosity. I feel as though our production has been blessed. Things are going so well. We have two truly beautiful locations that will add greatly to the production value. I’ve got a great cast and crew. An entire team working hard and dedicated to making a great film.
This whole venture is succeeding beyond anything I could have imagined. The heat is on. All the elements are in place. No excuses. I’ve got to guide this team and bring it home. Luckily for me, I thrive under pressure.